When is the estate handled by the Public Administrator?

The Public Administrator may be appointed under the following circumstances:

  1. When no executor, personal representative or administrator has been appointed and the decedent's property is being wasted, uncared for, or lost;
  2. When ordered by the Court;
  3. When an heir nominates the Public Administrator, or the decedent's Will names the Public Administrator as Executor;
  4. When there are no known heirs of the decedent's estate;
  5. When an heir who resides outside of the State of California requests the Public Administrator;
  6. When the named Executor fails to act and no other person has a preferred right.

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1. What is involved in the probate of an estate, and why does it take so long?
2. Why does the Public Administrator administer estates?
3. When is the estate handled by the Public Administrator?
4. How much are the fees of the Public Administrator?
5. What is the difference between a formal probate proceeding and a summary proceeding?
6. Does the Public Administrator make a thorough investigation to discover all estate assets?
7. Will the Public Administrator make funeral arrangements?
8. Can I put in a claim for my expenses?
9. When will claims be paid?
10. What inheritance taxes or estate taxes will the estate have to pay?
11. Can you give me the exact financial status of the estate?
12. Will I receive regular reports on the progress of the estate?
13. How long does it take to administer an estate?
14. Why is estate property sold?
15. When will the estate be distributed?
16. Will I receive a statement of all receipts and disbursements?